Fundraisers ... McCanns (centre) with, left to right, Rachel
Elias, Nicki Durbin, Zoe Tyler and Kirsten O'Brien
joined 450 runners to take part in a
fun run for missing people.
Kate McCann lined up together alongside other families whose loved ones
vanished at the first ever Miles for
in London's Hyde
statement, Kate said: "Gerry and I know the pain that having Madeleine
missing has caused us, but sadly we are not alone. There are thousands
of families across the UK waiting for news.
why Missing People provides support for missing children, vulnerable
adults and families left behind, and we want to do all we can to help
couple wore matching white T-shirts bearing a smiling picture of their
daughter and the words "Don't give up on me".
and her husband Gerry, 41,
from Rothley, Leicestershire, were on holiday
with their three children in Praia da Luz in Portugal when Madeleine
went missing in May 2007.
runners was Rachel Elias, 40, from Blackwood, Gwent, south Wales, sister
of former Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards, who went
missing in February 1995.
"I am running it for my brother and for all the other people who have
disappeared and to support the work of this charity. They have been a
tremendous source of strength over the last 15 years.
legally declared dead in November 2008, but there is no certainty over
the loss, there is that hope.
are moments when you swing between hope and despair, sometimes you feel
different emotions at the same time which can be very confusing.
describe a missing person as a loss. It is a loss but an ambiguous loss.
Until he is found alive or dead we will always have hope."
supporting today's event was Nicki Durbin, 41, from Hollesley, Suffolk,
whose son Luke disappeared in May 2006 aged 19 following an evening at a
nightclub in Ipswich.
television presenter Kirsten O'Brien, who worked alongside the late BBC
television presenter Mark Speight, helped spur on runners.
"After Mark went missing, it really struck me how helpful it is to have
a port of call for people whose loved ones or friends have gone missing.
To see the charity in action struck a chord with me.
Mark was so funny there are times when I recall something he did and I
just laugh, it's nice to have that joyous element back."
Houghton-Brown, CEO of Missing People, added: "It is a really important
day. It is not just about the families who have someone missing, it is
about Britain as a whole recognising that this is an issue that can
has raised more than £20,000.